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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-284 (as of 11:00 AM, 10 October, 2008)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level 1
Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level – Level I – Low.
Military installations in Alaska are at FPCON A.
State of Alaska Cyber Security Alert Level: Guarded
World Health Organization Pandemic Phase - Phase 3: No or very limited human-to-human transmission (An Influenza Pandemic situation report, which contains an explanation of the WHO Pandemic Phases, is attached to this situation report and updated every Tuesday)

State of Alaska Situation
(Updates to this section from previous Situation Report are in Italics.)

Threat Level Changes
No change

Travel Advisory
Parks Highway:  Driving conditions on the Parks Highway from MP156-190 are very difficult due to heavy snow on the roadway.  Snow plows are working to remove snow from the road surface.  Driving conditions from MP 190-230 are very difficult due to freezing rain and rain causing the road surface to become wet and icy.  Caution is advised throughout both areas. These conditions are expected to last for the next day.  For current road condition information and updates please call 511 or on the internet at http://511.alaska.gov                                    
Winter Storm Warning
- Susitna Valley including Talkeetna, Willow and Cantwell.  A winter storm warning remain in effect until noon today. Heavy snow is expected to continue west of the Parks Highway through the morning. Snow reports of up to 30 inches over the past 24 hours. An additional 4 to 8 inches is expected before precipitation begins to taper off this afternoon and mix with rain. In addition, local areas of freezing rain are expected through the morning hours.

- Lower Yukon Valley including Marshall, Russian Mission, Holy Cross, Grayling, Shageluk, Anvik, and Flat. The winter storm warning for heavy snow is now in effect until noon today. Additional snow amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected today. Storm total snow accumulation is expected to be 4 to 8 inches. The heaviest snow amounts are expected to occur in areas south of Grayling.

- Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills including Unalakleet, Stebbins, St Michael, Elim, Koyuk, and Shaktoolik. A winter storm warning for heavy snow remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon. Snowfall amounts 2 to 4 inches are expected today with up to 6 inches expected in the Nulato Hills.

- Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys including Galena, Nulato, Huslia, Kaltag, Ruby and Koyukuk. A winter storm warning for heavy snow remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon.  Snow will continue today with 2 to 4 inches new accumulation. Storm total snow accumulation is expected to be 4 to 8 inches with the heaviest amounts in areas south of Kaltag and Ruby.

High Wind Warning
- Denali including Healy, Denali National Park, Carlo Creek, and Kantishna. A high wind warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon for Alaska Range passes. South winds 25 to 40 mph with local gusts to 70 mph will continue today. Winds will diminish to 20 to 35 mph with local gusts to 40 mph tonight.

- Eastern Alaska Range including Mentasta Lake, Black Rapids, Donnelly Dome, Trims Camp, Eagle Trail, and Mineral Lake. A high wind warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon for Alaska Range passes west of the Tok cutoff. South winds 25 to 40 mph with local gusts to 70 mph will continue today. Winds will diminish to 20 to 35 mph with local gusts to 40 mph tonight.

High Surf Advisory
Chukchi Sea Coast including Point Hope, Shishmaref, Kivalina and Espenberg. High surf advisory remains in effect until 6 pm Saturday for the northern Seward Peninsula coast from Shishmaref westward. North winds to 35 mph are expected along the northern Seward Peninsula coast from Shishmaref westward today and tonight diminishing to about 25 mph by Saturday evening. Seas to 9 feet will cause localized erosion of beaches and shoreline.

FEMA-1796-DR -AK (Tanana Basin Flooding)
Joint FEMA/State teams continue to implement the Public Assistance Program in the Nenana and Fairbanks North Star Borough area as a result of this flooding event. A FEMA field office has opened following a Presidential Disaster Declaration for incident period of 27 July to 06 August 2008.

Useful link:
Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
Complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for
Current weather warnings and watches for State of Alaska can be found at the NWS:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 13 October, 2008. A significant change in the situation or the threat level will prompt an interim report. Please direct questions regarding this report to the SECC at 907-428-7100 or secc@ak-prepared.com.

How to reach the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Phone the State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) by dialing (907) 428-7100 or 1-800-478-2337, 24 hours per day.  Information on emergency topics is available on the Division's web site at http://www.ak-prepared.com.  Homeland Security information may be found at http://www.ak-prepared.com/homelandsecurity/

How to reach the Division of Administration – State Cyber Security Program:  If you have questions you may contact Darrell Davis, State Computer Security Officer darrel.davis@Alaska.gov.

For further information:
Being prepared: Ready.gov
Countries:              U.S. State Department Background Notes.
Maps:           United Nations Cartographic Section
                University of Texas Library Map Section.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf